We are an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the School of Natural Resources that studies pollen. We study pollen in everything from mummies, coprolites, and latrine sediments to bees and honey. We address big questions by looking to tiny pollen grains for answers.
We are located in Hardin Hall on East Campus. Our lab is a positive pressure facility designed specifically for palynological and archaeoparasitological analyses. We are equipped with all of the equipment necessary for such work including centrifuges, high-quality research microscopes, and plenty of storage for archiving post-processed materials. The lab has a variety of safety features including a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a shower, two eye wash stations, an acid spill kit, two flame-resistant cabinets, an array of personal protection equipment, a snorkel, and a large fume hood.
Our laboratory houses an array of archaeological material collected from around the world (North America, South America, Europe, and Asia). Pollen preparations and dry pollen samples are archived from projects dating as far back as prehistory. These materials as well as modern pollen from flowers are kept as reference collections for palynological studies.
Additionally, our lab is prepared for integrating student learning into research efforts. We have 12 compound microscopes used by students taking our courses in pollen analysis and taphonomy. Students in these courses develop their own research projects that often lead to scientific publications.